The new Morden Leisure Centre in Morden is on track to open this autumn, as the final stages of building work get underway.
The new family leisure centre on London Road will replace the 1960s Morden Park Pools and includes a 25m six-lane pool, a large second pool with moveable floor for aqua aerobics; parent and toddler classes, diving; a fitness suite with approx. 100 stations; a large studio / community room and a café.
The leisure centre will also feature state of the art disabled facilities including a designated ‘changing places’ room, which will house an accessible toilet and shower, changing table and hoist. There will also be a ‘pool pod’ – a special platform by the pool which gives ease of access for disabled swimmers to get in and out of the water.
Works at the leisure centre are on schedule for an autumn opening: the building has been fully constructed; both swimming pools are currently being tiled and the final mechanical and electrical equipment is being installed. Then the building will be ready for the finishing touches of painting, decorating and flooring. Once the works are complete the council will hand the site over to Greenwich Leisure Limited, the company who currently manage Morden Park Pools as well as Wimbledon Leisure Centre and the Canons Leisure in Mitcham, who will open the new Leisure Centre to the public shortly afterwards. Morden Park Pools will be demolished and returned to open space once the new leisure centre opens.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “It is hard to believe that construction on the site started just under a year ago and our vision of creating a facility for everyone is close to becoming a reality. It has been particularly important to me that the leisure centre is accessible to everyone in our community and we have made sure that certain features are included, so the new facility can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
Notes to Editor
Morden Leisure Centre will include the following:
· Main swimming pool – 6 lanes (13m wide) x 25 m with fixings for lane ropes and starting blocks for club and group swimming sessions
· Secondary Pool – 13m wide x 15m long with a moveable floor, suitable for a variety of water based activities from diving to aqua-fit classes to learn-to-swim session to parent and toddler sessions.
· New Diving Boards set up in the same way as currently exist in the Morden Park Pool.
· Health & Fitness facility with approx. 100 stations.
· Studio / community room with a sprung floor
· Public toilets in the main entrance accessible to park users and the community
· Outside area with picnic tables and places to secure dogs for dog owners using the café and public toilets.
· Water fountain in the main entrance and fitness suite.
Disabled customers: The new Morden Leisure Centre is being built in accordance with and will be fully complaint to The Disability and Equality Act 2010.
· 10 disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders
· A specialist “Changing Places” facility for customers with severe disabilities.
· A pool pod – a modern arrangement for ease of access for disabled swimmers to get in and out of the water
· Larger changing cubicles
· Wider entrance at turnstiles
· 6 accessible toilets; 3 accessible toilets and shower rooms and 1 further accessible shower room
· A passenger lift between the ground and first floor with accessible control panel
· Health & Fitness suite (Gym) will be Into Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited with machines that are disabled friendly and accessible.